Bitumen Marketers and Distribution of Nigeria (ABIMD) has said.
amount, the union said, could be used for other meaningful projects if
the government had stopped importation of the product and encouraged its
local production available at the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical
Bitumen is a by-product of petroleum used for road construction and maintenance.
At a news conference in Kaduna on Tuesday, the National Vice Chairman
of the association, Fred Nyabam, described the massive importation of bitumen into the country as a serious threat to the economic development
of the nation.
He raised alarm over the activities of some few individuals who he
described as ‘selfish individuals’ and ‘economic saboteurs,’ who he said
had truncated all efforts made in the past to stop importation of
bitumen into Nigeria and encourage local production.
“The brazen act of sabotage against the Nation is that over 60 per
cent of all the Bitumen imported into Nigeria comes from a refinery in
IRAN, whose Bitumen production capacity is not bigger than that of
Kaduna Refinery,” he stated.
He, however, called for the intervention of the Federal Government to
protect Nigerian bitumen products by reducing the cost of locally
produced ones and stopping the importation in order to enhance local
Source- Nigerian Tribune